This part of the blog really isn't a blog at all, but facts I pulled together primarily out of my mom's diary for the years 1944 and 1945. Despite the fact that my dad was supporting a wife and 2 children at home, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1944. With the nation at war for over 2 years, more servicemen were needed, and he was "called up"
Part 3 will kick off my memories of my dad.
Juke was stationed at the following Army Air Corps bases:
1) Fort Sheridan, Chicago (Boot camp)June 23, 1944 to September 3, 1944
Truax Field - Madison, WI: a major school operating at Truax AAF for training radio operatorsSeptember 4, 1944 to January 18, 1945 and
Boca Raton, Florida - Boca Raton Army Airfield -
February 26, 1945 to October 12, 1945
Below is an exhaustive list of dad's days leading into his involvement with military life during the war and all his travels during his enlistment. It is hard to imagine how he was able to make the trip home so often with gas rationing occurring. Since I made all these notes I thought I would share them. It is rather mundane info and may not be all that exciting to read, but it was obviously very important to him to get home as frequently as possible.
1) From Mom’s Diary and other resources:
-Dad received his A-1 card on March 31, 1944
-June 7, 1944 dad was in an accident (auto?). He was injured and stayed in bed 2 days (my comment - he was always an aggressive driver)
-On June 10, 1944 he received a letter from the Army informing him that he will soon need to report for duty
June 15, 1944, Uncle Dave (Vander Kooi) left for the Army (per an interview with Uncle Dave on August 17, 2010), he said that he and Dad were at Camp Sheridan at the same time, and confirmed that they did not arrive on the same day.
-Dad left on June 21, 1944. For the 2 nights prior to him leaving, “the house was full of lots of company”
-June 23, 1944, he returned home for two days (my note: he probably reported to Camp Custer in Battle Creek first, came home for a day and then left for Fort Sheridan)
-Dad was to move to a new camp (Truax Field, Madison, WI) around August 29, 1944
-Dad arrived at home by train in the morning and left in the afternoon of September 3, 1944 for Madison
-Dad came home Sept 10 & 11 (it was my brother Chet’s birthday). Arrived by train and returned to camp by plane.
-On Sept 24, 1944, dad came home in the early morning hours and mom & Chet traveled back to camp with him. They went downtown Madison together and ate dinner there on September 26 and moved into a cabin on the 27th through October 5
-October 18, 1945 Dad arrives home via train
-Dad returned home by train on October 25, 1944 and went back to camp the same day. Mom fell and was injured. She went to the doctor on October 26.
-November 1, 1944 dad was home again arriving at 1:30 in the morning.
-November 8, 1944 dad was home again arriving at 1:30 in the morning once again
-Dad came home again on the 16th and returned to camp on the 18th.
-Nov 19, 1944, dad was home again. They picked him up from (the train station) in Holland
-Nov 25, 1944, dad came home during the night again and returned to camp on the 26th
-Dec 3, 1944, dad was home again
-Dec 24, 1944, dad was home again but returned to camp Christmas night
-December 30, 1944, dad home again & took the train back to camp on January 1, 1945
-January 12, 1945, dad is home again
-January 16, 1945, dad called mom & told her that he was going to be transferred to Chicago, Ill (Fort Sheridan?) soon. He was transferred on January 18, 1945
-Dad came home on the following Sundays and returned to base the next day
-January 28, 1945
-February 4, 1945
-February 11, 1945
-February 18, 1945
-February 25, 1945
-Dad left for (Boca Raton) Florida on February 26, 1945
-March 15, 1945; Mom goes to the hospital; Judy and Joyce are born
-March 19, 1945; Dad arrives home on the 9:15 train
-March 22, 1945, mom returns home from the hospital
- April 6, 1945, Dad returns to camp in Boca Raton
-May 7, 1945, mom comments about VE Day (“the war in Germany is over”)
-June 6, 1945, Harris Scholten took dad’s car back to camp
-June 9, 1945, dad is home
-June 14, 1945, dad returns to camp
-October 12, 1945, dad transferred to Truax Field (Madison, WI)
-October 14, 1945, dad is at home for less than a day and takes the car back to camp
-October 19, 1945, dad arrived home at night and returned Oct 21, 1945
-October 26, 1945, “Dady came back home again” (Dady was always with one “d” in mom’s old diary) and returned to camp by bus on Oct 28
-November 3, 1945; Dad came home during the night and returned to camp by train the evening of Nov, 6
-November 8, 1945, dad is home, but left for Muskegon on Nov 9 (apparently in route to Madison?)
-December 16, 1945, Dad is on this way home and stopped at Chanute (Air Force Base, Rantoul, IL); mom is snowed in
-December 20, 1945, Dad is home to stay!